Tavern owners warned about underage drinkers

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BONUS – RUSTENBURG – The South African Police Service (SAPS) in the North West Province have urged tavern owners to comply with the law by not allowing under aged children and learners into their premises.

According to Sergeant Kelebogile Moleko, spokesperson for the North West SAPS, it has become common knowledge that immediately after completing their end of the year examinations, learners and students plan and host celebratory parties where alcohol consumption is very high.

“It is during these parties that anti-social behaviour and social fabric crimes become a serious problem that often ends with some learners being victims or even perpetrators of crimes such as assault and rape,” explains Sgt Moleko.

As part of the School Safety Programme, the police would like to invite Community Police Forum and Department of Education to join hands together with them in the fight against criminal acts amongst the learners.

The stakeholders are encouraged to visit the problematic schools and start school safety awareness campaigns.

“The Police will not hesitate to take drastic steps including imposing fines on any unlicensed liquor outlet operator who sells and supplies liquor to the under aged or people who are already intoxicated,” concluded Sgt Moleko.